Thursday, January 4, 2018

Indonesian Fruit Drink a.k.a. Es Teler

Whenever we have potluck with our Indonesian friends, either one of us would  always bring this staple Indonesian fruit drink. It is so easy to make and always loved by both the adults and kids.
 Indonesian Fruits Drink

Since we couldn't find fresh tropical fruits here, we use canned fruit from Asian supermarket such as Ranch 99 or Lion Supermarket. Sometimes, we can find fresh jack fruit there too so we don't have to use the canned one. You can add other fruits as well like avocado, berries, or apples.
Resep Es Teler
Cut the fruits into bite size pieces Es Teler Recipe
 Indonesian Fruits Drink Dessert
Place them inside a large container
 Bahan es teler
Add the half & half, milk, and ice cubes as prefer. Enjoy!
 Indonesian Coconut Drink

Indonesian Fruit Drink a.k.a. Es Teler 
Printable Recipe
1 can Jackfruit (Nangka) – Do not use the syrup, cut into small pieces.
1 can Green Grass Jelly (Cincau Hijau)- Do not use the syrup, rinse, then cut into smaller pieces
1 can Longan - use the syrup
1 can Rambutan or lychee - use the syrup
1 can Palm Seed (Attap) – Do not use the syrup, rinse them with water
1 can Coconut Juice with Meat/ pulp
avocado, apples, berries - cut into small pieces
2 cups half & half
4 cups milk
Ice cubes

Place all of the above ingredients inside a large drink container.
Mix them with spatula.
Taste and add milk, half & half, or ice as prefer.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies

One of the reason I bake is because most of the store bought cookies or cakes are too sweet to my taste. So if you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add the amount of sugar or chocolate chips on this recipe. We rarely bake cookies except during winter time to be enjoyed with hot chocolate, milk, coffee, or tea; the choice is yours. 
Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe
First thing first, the ingredients: I use dark chocolate chips instead of the regular semi sweet chocolate chips on mine. 
 Chocolate Chips Cookies ingredientsThe boy who hold the background:
 Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe
Getting snack after working:
 Chocolate Chips Cookies
Process the ingredients in the mixing bowl:
 How to make chocolate chips cookies

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Non-edible Homemade Christmas Ornaments

 Nonedible Christmas Ornaments
We just made this ornaments again. We made it years ago while my boys were so tiny then we moved and I donated our artificial Christmas tree during the move. I bought a lighted branch from OSH a few days ago and took out the old ornaments we made. Wes wanted to make new ones so we did. This brought so much joy and good memories.
Ornaments made with salt and flour
Note: some pictures below were taken years ago.
 Making ornament with kid
First, prepare the tools and ingredients:
Cookie cutters, rolling pin 
1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
food coloring 
ground cinnamon
puff paint (I got it from Michael's in the Fabric craft section)
 Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Homade Berry Tart

If you ask me what is my favorite dessert I may give you different answer depends on what I like at that moment. It maybe ice cream, tiramisu, pineapple cookies. If you ask me now, this would be my answer: Berry Tart! I always love the vanilla pastry cream but thought the ones sold at the bakery are too sweet to my taste. The perk about baking my own dessert: I can reduce the sugar to my liking.
 Berry Tart Recipe
I tried to make this tart in the past but wasn't happy with the result. I didn't like the store bought pastry crust so I made it from scratch. You can buy a frozen crust from the store but it doesn't taste as good in my humble opinion. It's worth it to invest in a good pastry cutter and buy the crust ingredients instead.
 How to make Berry Tart
First thing first: make the crust. I used the same crust recipe as the rustic apple pie. If you don't have pastry cutter you can use food processor too, just give it a few pulse.
How to make pie crust
Roll out the dough. Place them on a pie pan. Cover with parchment paper then add the weight on top (I used green beans) and bake them in the 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to make Roti Boy / Mexican Coffee Bun

Roti Boy / Mexican Coffee Bun Recipe
Roti Boy is a well known food chain famous all over Asia, including Indonesia where I grew up. They are famous for selling this sweet bun with butter filling and coffee topping. It taste so good and best eaten when it's warm fresh out of the oven. Well, any bread is best eaten when it just came out of the oven. That's the reason I bake breads in addition to save some $$. 
 How to make Roti Boy
First thing first, make the dough then divide the dough to about 12 small buns: